Special Education, MA Ed (Advanced Practitioner - Behavioral Intervention Specialist)

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Advanced Practitioner - Behavioral Intervention Specialist

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Special Education Advanced Practitioner with emphasis in Behavior Intervention Specialist Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) is designed for individuals with a passion for working with students with learning impairments. 

Why choose this program?

  • Learn to identify strategies and interventions for serving students identified as having Behavior/Emotional disabilities or those on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Gain skills to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment, design and implement a Behavior Intervention Plan based on the assessment and implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.
  • Prepare for doctoral programs in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Acquire content knowledge needed to pursue further certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

This endorsement allows the individual to teach children identified as having one of four disabilities: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for a Nebraska endorsement as a Behavior Interventionist. Students seeking endorsement in other states should check with their state department of education. 

Career Outlook: Special education teachers engage with children and youth that have a wide variety of disabilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for special education teachers will grow by about 8% from 2016-2026. Although most special education teachers work in public schools, some find jobs in the private sector taking care of special needs children in childcare services and other institutions.

More about the Special Education, MA Ed, Advanced Practitioner program: The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education Advanced Practitioner program is designed for teachers who currently hold certification in Special Education and would like to further their education.

Students have four options to choose from: 

  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist
  • Assistive Technology Specialist Emphasis
  • Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist Emphasis

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Educational Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TESE 888Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports3
This course presents the latest in practices and research in the field of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Students will be exposed to strategies and interventions to change challenging behavior and effectively maintain appropriate behaviors of students through positive behavior interventions and supports.
TE 805POverview of Assertive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TESE 881Characteristics & Identification of Behavior & Learning Disabilities3
This course provides an in-depth coverage of the identification process, etiologies and characteristics associated with disorders that are categorized as learning disabilities or behavior disorders. Distinction from Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Severe Emotional Disturbance will be discussed.
TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment & Behavior Intervention Planning3
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies for individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.
TESE 882Applied Behavior Analysis3
This course provides an in depth examination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students will examine the history and development of ABA as well as the use of ABA in the education of and research with individuals with disabilities.
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
TESE 879PTeaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach Social and Personal Skills for students with disabilities. Students will be exposed to various Social and Personal Skills programs and strategies that are presently available that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of role play, problem solving, social story, and social script techniques will be emphasized. In addition, students will be able to develop individualized instruction for students based on needs assessment data. Students will also apply their knowledge of age appropriateness in the development of social and personal skills lessons.
TE 829Assessment of Young Children: Birth to Five3
This course prepares students to evaluate assessment tools for young children, determine their appropriateness for various purposes, write and interpret evaluation reports, and translate assessment results into intervention goals and strategies. In field experiences students administer tests and interpret and report results. Prerequisite: TESE 827P or departmental permission. Additional Course Fee Required
TESE 880Critical Issues in Special Education3
This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues facing the field of Special education. Professional ethics and code of conduct will be emphasized.
TESE 883Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities3
This course will examine research effective strategies and interventions for working with students that have behavioral and emotional disabilities. Interventions appropriate for the three tiers of intervention will be explored.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10